OK, so like I told Quinton in another post, I'm working on a theoretical way to make a sweater with no seams. I think I have the idea in my head, except for one place, which I'll mention in a moment.
I'm making a Weasley Sweater for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Some of you may remember I made one for my brother two years ago. My first sweater. The pattern calls for knitting the back first, then the front. Then you seam them together at the shoulders and measure down from the shoulder and place markers for the armholes. You pick up between the markers and knit the sleeves flat. Then you pick up around the neck and finish that off, then seam up each side and down the sleeve to put it all together.
Not a bad design (other than the neck hole, which I'll mention in a moment), but I found that flipping that whole mass over at the end of each row was quite ungainly. Plus, I like the idea of knitting in the round now, more than seaming. I don't mind seaming as some do, but I like the strength and uniformity of seamless fabric.
So this time, I doubled the cast on and knit in the round up to the arm hole, then put a lifeline in the front and knit the back up to the neck. Then I put the front back on the needles and knit that up to the neck. It didn't occur to me until I had already bound off at the shoulders (per instructions) that if I had just put those last stitches on holders, I could have done a Kitchener or three-needle bind off or something that wouldn't leave a seam.
It also occurred to me later that I could have done something similar with the neck decreases. The pattern calls for stocking stitch until you get a certain length, then you put the center stitches of the neck on a holder and do each side separately, decreasing at the center. I figured if I put those decreases on a holder instead of k2tog or SSK, then when I came back to do the neckband, I could just put them all back on the needle, instead of picking up the ones between the two stitch holders (front and back). It's not that bad, but it does leave a kind of ridge that's not present on the ones that were on the holders.
This is my theory at least, if anybody has done this in practice, I'd love to hear about it. As I said, it didn't occur to me until afterward. The only place I can't see how you'd do invisibly would be picking up at the armholes for the sleeves. You're going 90 degrees to the edge of the body, so I don't know how you'd do that. I have seen sweaters that seem to have been made top down, sleeves first, then decrease to the body, but they're flat and seamed. Can't imagine a way to do that in the round.
I guess you get time to do a lot of thinking with endless miles of stocking stitch, so perhaps this explains why I've been theorizing about this.
BTW, this is a nice pattern, based on the sweaters Mrs. Weasley made for Harry and her children in the Harry Potter movies. The original calls for Rowan Tweed wool, but I ran across some Red Heart fleck that looks very similar so I confess I went on the cheap with these. They're kind of novelty items really. And with the addition of ribbing at the waistband, and a ribbed neckband, you could make something less "homey" if you wanted.
Only think I really find odd is the size of the neck hole. It's huge. With a stretchy ribbed neckband, I think I would make that smaller. I'll post photos when I can.